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EXPERIMENTA 103 * BSL DOC DOC LIFE IMITATION THE MÆRSK OPERA 模仿生活 SAT 7 13:00 NFT3 SAT 7 15:40 NFT3 WED 4 THU 5 18:30 VUE5 13:15 NFT3 FRI 13* 21:00 NFT3 Dir-Scr-Prod Superflex. Denmark 2017. 69min. Prod Co Superflex Dir-Prod-Scr Chen Zhou. China 2017. 82min. Prod Co Parallax Films A virtual futuristic vison of a dark new world mediated through gaming, chatrooms and sexting, which exposes the conjunctions of technology, communication and gender. Structured through a dexterous mix of verité footage of young life in China, mobile phone screens and the ultraviolence of Grand Theft Auto that represents American life, Life Imitation focuses on young women exploring their identities and pushing their boundaries in the real and the virtual worlds. These characters occupy liminal spaces alienated from mundane daily life, but unfulfilled in the on-line world. They stare at their phones as if in expectation of a life-changing revelation from beyond, but all that comes is what has come before. Strange and compelling, the film creates an almost post-human identity, one that cannot exist outside the digital, but that strives unsuccessfully to fulfil the very human desires of bodily contact and emotional exchange. Helen de Witt A work of staggering ambition in production and storytelling that matches the stature of its controversial subject – one of Europe’s most contentious building projects. The Mærsk Opera is a musical reworking of the machinations behind the construction of the giant edifice of Copenhagen’s new opera house. It was donated to the city of Copenhagen by the late Mærsk McKinney- Møller, the world’s largest shipping owner and Denmark’s richest man. But there were conditions. It had to be built in the harbour on the sightline between a famous church and the royal palace. The musical composition by Anders Monrad, with libretto by Nikolaj Heltoft, brings to life a cast of characters both real and imaginary. The film deploys an incredible array of techniques, from animation to documentary, to tell this tale of hubris and hypocrisy which witnesses government officials and a city’s population seduced by the grand ambitions of the global capitalist. Helen de Witt NO TRACE OF ACCELERATOR Dir Kamal Swaroop. Prod National Film Development Corporation of India. Scr Kamal Swaroop. With Lalit Tiwari, Anita Kanwar, Gopi Desai. India 1988. 101min. Prod Co National Film Development Corporation Ltd. Dir-Scr Emily Wardill. Prod Anže Peršin. UK-Norway 2017. 50min. Sales carlier|gebauer Total running 121 min The UK premiere of India’s legendary underground cult classic finally reaches our screen, fully restored, 25 years after it was made. Om Dar-B-Dar is a fantastical portrait of life in a mythical small town. It tells the story of Om, a young boy enjoying the carefree moments of his adolescence and enduring its harsher disillusionments. Om has an eccentric family. His father quits his government job to dedicate himself to astrology, while his older sister just can’t stop dating a good-for-nothing. Om is interested in science, but also finds himself attracted to magic and religion. Above all, it seems as if his only outstanding skill is his ability to hold his breath underwater for a long time. A genrebending satire, Om Dar-B-Dar mashes philosophy, popular culture, politics and mythology into a maddening cinematic work that has been referred to as the great Indian LSD trip. Shai Heredia Jarman Award winner Wardill gets Brechtian on the true story of a series of seemingly unconnected fires that suddenly combusted in an isolated French town in the 1990s, evoking an uncanny sense of the troubling emotions the fires unleashed in the community. Kate Taylor + FALL INTO RUIN Dir William E. Jones. USA 2017. 30min Jones’ formative experience of meeting infl uential Greek art dealer Alexander Iolas. He becomes captivated by the homoerotic sculptures of ancient Greece and the radical beauty of modern art. + PRE-IMAGE (BLIND AS THE MOTHER TONGUE) Dir Hiwa K. Greece-UK-Germany 2017. 18min The artist retraces his journey by foot to Europe from Iraq to escape persecution as a Kurdish Iraqi while balancing a sculpture made of mirrors on his nose. + SILICA Dir Pia Borg. UK-Australia 2017. 23min Using fi lm and computer imagery, we witness land formally valuable as the gemstone mines, now abandoned and used as sets for sci-fi movies. OM DAR-B-DAR BRITISH TREASURES


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